Retail Jobs Riskier than working in factories
The holiday-shopping season, and the extended hours that come with it, are taking a toll on America’s retail workers.
Employees at shopping malls and other outlets in 2018 were more likely to get sick or injured than the prior year, making it the only U.S. industry with a meaningful uptick. The increase means retail-store workers are now worse off than those working in the manufacturing sector. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.5 of every 100 retail workers suffered from illness or injury last year, up from 3.3 in 2017 and compared with 3.4 in manufacturing.
The uptick in non-fatal injuries, from sprains and tears to…